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Harrison McIntosh

Biography to Display: 

1914Born Vallejo, California

EDUCATION

1938Art Center, Los Angeles, California (now Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California)

1940University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

1953Pond Farm Summer Study, Guerneville, California

1949-1952Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1956-1957, 1959Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

1968—Studio Potter, Claremont, California

1970-1980Designer, Dinnerware and Crystal, Mikasa Corporation, Japan and Germany

 

Harrison McIntosh's work combines a mid-century modern aesthetic, simple classical forms, and expressionist surface decoration.

A contemporary of Laura Andreson and Gertrud and Otto Natzler, McIntosh was among the first California studio potters to create wheel-thrown stonewares. He studied with Glen Lukens while at the University of Southern California and with Richard Petterson at Claremont Graduate School. In 1953 McIntosh spent the summer at Marguerite Wildenhain's studio, Pond Farm, where he learned the Bauhaus aesthetic. While teaching at Otis, McIntosh met Peter Voulkos who inspired him to use an expressionistic approach to clay. This resulted in the distinctive thin sgraffito lines on his ceramic surfaces. In many cases, he creates a two-tone ribbing pattern or lines based on concentric circles.

His work from the 1980s is characterized by a red clay body. He occasionally made abstract sculptures on wooden or steel bases but he is best known for his symmetrical bowl and jar forms. McIntosh also designed wares for industrial production, including dinnerware for Mikasa.

An interview with Harrison McIntosh conducted February 24-25 and March 3, 1999, by Mary MacNaughton for the Archives of American Art's Oral History Program is available at:  
http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-harrison-mcintosh-11879.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Belgian Royal Collection, Ostend, Belgium

Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California

Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Haggin Museum, Stockton, California

Ikenobo Society, Kyoto, Japan

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California

Mills College Art Museum, Mills College, Oakland, California

Mingei Museum, Karashki, Japan

Musée Des Arts Décoratifs, Louvre, Paris

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey

Oakland Museum, Oakland, California

Pomona College, Claremont, California

Scripps College, Claremont, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum. Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Johnson, Christy. Harrison McIntosh: A Timeless Legacy. Pomona, CA: American Museum of Ceramic Art, 2009.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California

 

Typical Marks

Raised mark with joined "HM" monogram.

1950-1960
1957
1960-1969
1989
1995
Bowl
Date: 1950-1960
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown, Carved
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Covered Jar
Date: 1957
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Bowl
Date: 1960-1969
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Wax Resist
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.101, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.101, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Stoneware Vase No. 661
Date: 1966
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Engobe, Glaze
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Catherine McIntosh
Photo: Smithsonian
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Catherine McIntosh
Utamaros Abalone Divers
Date: 1986
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 87.1.14, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 87.1.14, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vase with Green Dots
Date: 1989
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Covered Jar with Teardrops
Date: 1995
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Engobe, Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Jar with Reticulated Lid
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Large Charger
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Photo: TMP
Bowl
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Vase
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Plate
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy JMW Gallery
Courtesy JMW Gallery
Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Vase
Date: 1973
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised, Wax Resist
Scripps Collection, 74.2.1
Photo: TMP
Scripps Collection, 74.2.1
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Plate
Date: 1978
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Scripps College Collection, 2014.4.1
Photo: TMP
Scripps College Collection, 2014.4.1
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Plate
Date: 1991
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Scripps College Collection, 2014.4.2
Photo: TMP
Scripps College Collection, 2014.4.2
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 6, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/mcintosh